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Shannon Waller, author of The Team Success Handbook, has been the entrepreneurial team expert at Strategic Coach® since 1995. Shannon Waller's Team Success podcasts are a series of insights around teamwork and success that she's gained from working with entrepreneurs.

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    • 4.9 • 26 Ratings

Shannon Waller, author of The Team Success Handbook, has been the entrepreneurial team expert at Strategic Coach® since 1995. Shannon Waller's Team Success podcasts are a series of insights around teamwork and success that she's gained from working with entrepreneurs.

    The Power Of Saying “Yes” To New Ideas

    The Power Of Saying “Yes” To New Ideas

    How would you like to learn a strategy for improving creativity, connection, and collaboration within your team that’s as simple as saying the word “yes”? In this episode, Shannon Waller explains how graciously saying yes to your team members’ ideas is an easy yet powerful way to foster deeper conversations and collective problem solving, and dives into the importance of cultivating a positive environment for idea sharing. With actionable techniques for leaders, entrepreneurs, and team members to harness the power of teamwork and practical ways to validate and engage with new ideas, this is one episode you won’t want to miss!

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    Show Notes:

    * Finding aspects of an idea to say yes to can significantly increase collaboration and creativity within your team.

    * Team productivity depends heavily on whether entrepreneurs can create a positive space for sharing ideas.

    * To foster this kind of idea-sharing culture, it’s important to acknowledge and respect the mindset of individuals who are brave enough to come to you or their team leaders—people who stand higher above them in the company’s hierarchy whether it’s explicit or not—with their ideas.

    * There are practical techniques you can use for engaging with and validating new ideas, all of which promote constructive dialogue and problem solving.

    * Team collaboration only gets better when you seek out and engage with new ideas from individuals whose thinking profiles and striving instincts differ from your own.

    * Graciously finding parts of an idea to support, rather than outright rejecting ideas that aren’t perfect in their entirety, can also lead to deeper conversations and more effective teamwork.

    * You can create a more collaborative environment for discussion when you try to find common ground with whatever idea is being pitched to you.


    Working Genius

    The Kolbe A Index

    • 8 min
    The Excellent Trap: The Danger Of Not Letting Go

    The Excellent Trap: The Danger Of Not Letting Go

    In this episode, Shannon Waller talks about the dangers of the “Excellent Trap.” Are there activities you have superior skills but no passion for? Are you bored with them but resisting having someone else take them on? Let Shannon convince you why you should let go of these “Excellent,” but not “Unique Ability,” activities. Shannon has useful advice on how to identify the activities, when it’s time to let them go, and who to hand them off to.

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    Show Notes

    Signs To Look Out For:

    * Loss of passion: If you find yourself going through the motions without the same level of excitement or interest as before, it could be a sign that you’ve outgrown the activity.

    * Boredom and lack of challenge: Activities that were once stimulating may become routine and unchallenging over time, leading to lack of interest.

    * Others who show skill and energy: Pay attention to people around you who show a keen interest in the tasks you excel at but no longer feel passionate about. These individuals may bring fresh ideas and creativity to the table.

    Benefits Of Passing Off Tasks:

    * New perspectives: Allowing someone else to take over tasks can bring in new perspectives and innovative approaches that you may not have considered.

    * Freeing up time: By delegating tasks that no longer fire you up, you free up time to focus on activities that engage your creativity and align with and help you grow your Unique Ability®.

    * Team growth: Passing off tasks can also contribute to the growth and development of your team members, providing them with opportunities to showcase their skills and creativity.

    Steps To Take:

    * Self-reflection: Identify Excellent activities where you have superior skill but lack passion. For comparison, also make a list of your Unique Ability activities, those you find endlessly fascinating and motivating. Pick one or two Excellent activities to let go of.

    * Identifying potential candidates: Keep an eye out for individuals within your team or network who exhibit enthusiasm and creativity in the areas you are considering passing off.

    * Initiating conversations: Approach potential candidates and discuss the possibility of them taking over the tasks. Observe their reactions and eagerness to explore these responsibilities.

    * Transition planning: Once you find a suitable candidate, plan a smooth transition of responsibilities, ensuring that the handover is seamless and well-communicated.


    Recognizing when to pass off activities where you excel but lack passion is a crucial step toward personal growth and team development. By entrusting tasks to individuals with a fresh perspective and enthusiasm, you not only free yourself from mundane (to you!) responsibilities but also foster a culture of collaboration and growth within your team. Embracing this mindset of delegation and empowerment can lead to enhanced creativity, efficiency, and overall success in both personal and professional endeavors.


    Unique Ability® 2.0: Discovery by Catherine Nomura, Julia Waller, and Shannon Waller

    The Road Less Stupid by Keith Cunningham EOS®: Entrepreneurial Operating System®

    Unique Ability® Teamwork

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    • 12 min
    Daring To Build An Intentional Culture, with Mark O’Donnell, Kelly Knight, and CJ DuBe’

    Daring To Build An Intentional Culture, with Mark O’Donnell, Kelly Knight, and CJ DuBe’

    Looking for ways to improve your team's performance and create a positive work environment? In this episode of the Team Success podcast, host Shannon Waller interviews entrepreneurs Mark O'Donnell, Kelly Knight, and CJ DuBe’ about their new book, People: Dare to Build an Intentional Culture, which focuses on the importance of creating an intentional culture within organizations and how it impacts the success of a business. They delve into topics such as the difference between accidental and intentional cultures, the concept of "right people, right seats," and the mindset required for leaders to build and maintain a thriving culture. If you're looking to transform your organization and create a culture that attracts and retains top talent, this episode is a must-listen.

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    Show Notes

    * Building an intentional culture requires courage and boldness. It's not an easy task, but it is essential for the success and growth of any organization.

    * By being intentional about the values, behaviors, and mindsets that shape your culture, you can create a workplace that attracts and retains top talent, fosters collaboration, and drives long-term success.

    * The concept of "right people, right seats" is crucial for building a high-performing team. It involves finding individuals who align with your core values and possess the skills and capacity to excel in their roles.

    * It’s also about surrounding oneself with like-minded individuals who align with the company's mission and purpose. This ensures that everyone is working toward a common goal and contributes to a positive and productive work environment.

    * By ensuring that each team member is in the right seat, you can maximize productivity, minimize conflicts, and create a harmonious work environment.

    * Genuine care and concern for your team members is a powerful force that can transform your business. When leaders prioritize the well-being and growth of their team members, it creates a culture of trust, loyalty, and engagement.

    * The accountability chart is a powerful tool that helps you define the structure of your business and ensure that each individual is in the right seat. It goes beyond the traditional organizational chart by focusing on accountability and aligning roles with core values.

    * Regularly reviewing and adjusting the accountability chart is essential to maintaining a healthy and high-performing culture.

    * Building an intentional culture requires courage and focus. It involves being deliberate in hiring individuals who align with the company's values and ensuring they’re in roles where they can thrive.

    * Leaders must also have a growth mindset and be willing to have honest conversations to address any issues and support the development of their team members.

    * It’s essential for leaders and managers to provide feedback, address performance issues, and make necessary changes to ensure that team members are in roles where they can thrive and contribute to the company’s success.

    * When you empower teams with a shared purpose and passion, you create an environment where team members not only feel valued, but motivated and excited to contribute meaningfully to the success of your company.


    The Kolbe A Index

    EOS®: The Entrepreneurial Operating System®

    PRINT® Why of You

    Unique Ability®

    • 1 hr 1 min
    How To Manage Micromanagement

    How To Manage Micromanagement

    Ever been micromanaged? Doesn’t feel great, right? And it’s easy to react emotionally to it. But why is your entrepreneur or team leader micromanaging? It’s likely not because they don’t trust you. In this episode of Team Success, host Shannon Waller breaks down why leaders micromanage, then coaches team members through an effective strategy to solve the problem. She also has tips for managers to unlock the source of the anxiety that is leading to their micromanaging their teams.

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    Show Notes:

    * Failing to address micromanagement can lead to a lot of distraction and a lack of focus on results.

    * Micromanagement is not always about not trusting team members with their responsibilities.

    * Micromanaging is often a response to an emotion the micromanager hasn’t fully explored yet.

    * Shannon recommends the team member who is feeling micromanaged start a conversation with the micromanager to ask about the bigger picture, including what the best-case and worst-case scenarios look like to them.

    * Both parties can work through The Strategy Circle® thinking tool together so everyone is clear on not just the end goal but how each obstacle will be tackled.

    * Confidence can be further established by reporting progress at regular and frequent times.

    * If you find yourself becoming a micromanager, examine your own worries and fears.

    * Identify the best- and worst-case scenarios to gain clarity on your anxieties.

    * Communicate your concerns transparently to your team to foster trust and support.

    * Self-awareness and understanding others’ perspectives are crucial in addressing micromanagement issues.

    * Addressing micromanagement improves communication, collaboration, trust, and overall productivity.


    Your Life As A Strategy Circle by Dan Sullivan

    The Team Success Handbook by Shannon Waller

    A Beginner’s Guide To Unique Ability

    • 14 min
    A Conversation With Kathy Kolbe: Conative Intelligence & The Importance of Caring First

    A Conversation With Kathy Kolbe: Conative Intelligence & The Importance of Caring First

    Do you know what makes a good leader? The answer might surprise you! In this episode of the Team Success podcast, renowned thought leader Kathy Kolbe, founder of the Kolbe Index, joins Shannon Waller to delve into the realm of conative intelligence. The pair explore the impact of emotional leadership, the limitations of cognitive intelligence, and the power of understanding one’s Kolbe MO, along with how embracing conation can drive entrepreneurial success. With valuable insights and real-life examples (plus an inside look into Kathy’s inspiring life and business journey), this episode provides actionable strategies for any entrepreneur looking to harness conative intelligence, foster effective teamwork, and elevate their leadership approach.

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    Show Notes:

    * To make more confident entrepreneurial decisions and refine your leadership approach, it’s essential that you leverage your natural conative intelligence.

    * Similarly, when you understand the conative differences within your team, you can leverage individual strengths more effectively.

    * If you want to foster commitment and drive success in your company, you must get emotional buy-in. When people are emotionally engaged in a project, they produce better, more creative work, and they do it faster too.

    * A great way to do this is to connect individual goals and personal priorities with team objectives. This is emotional leadership.

    * You can practice emotional leadership by showing genuine care and understanding for your team’s affective priorities. In other words, foster an environment where team members are aligned with their personal goals.

    * Cognitive intelligence only gets you so far. If you’re constantly fighting your Kolbe MO, everything you do will feel difficult—and not very fun.

    * You can empower your team’s creativity and problem-solving abilities by identifying and utilizing individual conative strengths effectively.

    * The worst thing you can do is assemble of team of people with the same conative strengths. Success happens when you put different strengths together.

    * A good leader should prioritize open discussions about conative differences and their impact on creativity, leadership, and teamwork within your organization.


    Unique Ability®

    The Kolbe A Index

    • 1 hr
    A Goal-Setting Team Is A Self-Managing Team

    A Goal-Setting Team Is A Self-Managing Team

    Are your team members growth oriented? How do you foster that mindset in your company? Today, Shannon Waller breaks down the January Strategic Coach® team meeting in which each of the 100+ team members thought through their personal growth and contributions for the upcoming year. How did it work, and how does that investment translate to the success of the business?

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    Show Notes:

    Motivated For Growth

    * The ROI for investing in your team’s personal and professional goals is team members becoming self-managing and growth-oriented.

    * For the kick-off meeting of the year, the 100+ team members at Strategic Coach spent three hours thinking about their values, their intentions for the year, and their areas of growth.

    * The meeting began with asking everyone to share their intentions for the year based on their values and PRINT® motivations.

    Celebrating The Previous Year’s Achievements And Progress

    * Next, the team walked through The Positive Focus® exercise to reflect on achievements and progress from the past year.

    * Everyone was asked to write down three business achievements and two personal achievements from the previous year.

    * For each achievement, they wrote its significance and why they viewed it as progress.

    * Then, they considered what further progress they could make on those achievements and what their first action would be.

    * In small breakout groups, they then shared one or two of their achievements, allowing for 20 minutes of celebration and connection.

    Connecting Past To Future

    * Next, Strategic Coach founder and lead coach Dan Sullivan led the team through the Triple Play exercise, which involves reflecting on and finding connections between three past accomplishments or experiences.

    * The insights Shannon gained through this exercise gave great clarity to her 2024 intentions, distilling the lessons of the past year into ideas for a bigger future.

    Creating A Bigger Future

    * One of Strategic Coach’s favorite mantras is, “Always make your future bigger than your past.”

    * Strategic Coach co-founder and CEO, Babs Smith, shared the 10-year vision and three-year vision for the company.

    * This set the stage for an exercise called The Bigger Future, which helps make ambitious long-term plans more concrete.

    * This exercise has people envision their six-year ambitions, then work back to the three-year capabilities they’ll need to develop, and then the one-year challenges that will move them toward those.

    Expanding Capabilities Expands Positive Impact

    * Expanding individual capabilities expands the positive impact of each team member’s Unique Ability®, which creates a growth path for a Unique Ability organization.

    * Encourage team members to pursue self-directed growth rather than having growth paths dictated to them.

    * Give them ownership over their development goals but provide them with the capabilities to achieve them.

    * Look for job candidates who are self-motivated learners who bring their own drive and initiative.

    Benefits Of Investing In Team Member Growth

    * By investing in team members’ personal and professional growth, leaders can gain their gratitude, develop more capable teams, and create loyalty within the organization.

    * This can result in lower team member turnover and higher retention of high-performing individuals.

    * Even if team members do leave after being supported, they may become raving fans who recommend the company.


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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Trina Lynn20 ,

Awesome Series on Assistants!

I have found so much value in the series that Shannon does with Superpowers! I know this series is more directed at entrepreneurs but, as an assistant, I’ve found it very helpful in checking my own processes. As the interviews went on, I found myself creating a checklist in my mind of the things I’m doing and what I could make improvements on. It has provided a ton of insight for me! If you haven’t gotten an assistant yet, you’re missing out on something very transformational. 😉

JulianCarver ,

Great Work!

Fantastic content. Short and to the point and every podcast gives at least 1 amazing idea to either implement, think about or dive deeper into. Awesome job!!

16382649 ,


The information on this podcast is great and applicable, but you talk way way too fast. So fast that it’s not only challenging to hear what you’re saying, it actually becomes irritating because of how you sound.
Please please slow your cadence so I can hear what you’re saying and enjoy the podcast.

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